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Regional ecosystem details for 12.3.21

Regional ecosystem 12.3.21
Vegetation Management Act class Endangered
Wetlands Riverine
Biodiversity status Endangered
Subregion 5, 7, 6, 10, (2), (11.31), (11.18)
Estimated extent1 Pre-clearing 2000 ha; Remnant 2021 400 ha
Short description Complex microphyll vine forest on alluvial plains
Structure code Closed Forest
Description Complex microphyll vine forest. Typical canopy species include Excoecaria dallachyana, Archidendropsis thozetiana, Polyalthia nitidissima, Drypetes deplanchei, Ficus rubiginosa, Diospyros geminata, Coatesia paniculata, Flindersia australis, Alectryon connatus, Alectryon subdentatus, Diospyros humilis, Planchonella cotinifolia, Bridelia leichhardtii, Croton insularis, Denhamia pittosporoides, Notelaea microcarpa and Siphonodon australis. Casuarina cunninghamiana may occur in scattered patches or low densities along channel banks. Emergents of Araucaria cunninghamii and Eucalyptus tereticornis may occur. Typical sub-canopy species include Mallotus philippensis, Gossia bidwillii, Alangium polyosmoides subsp. Tomentosum, Exocarpos latifolius, Hodgkinsonia ovatiflora, Capparis arborea and Pleurostylia opposita. Typical shrub species include Murraya ovatifoliolata, Alchornea ilicifolia, Turraea pubescens, Alyxia ruscifolia and Psydrax odorata. Occurs on Quaternary alluvial plains and channels in drier western parts of bioregion typically draining from hills and ranges. Riverine. (BVG1M: 4b).
Protected areas Grongah NP, Mount Binga NP, Mount Walsh NP, Dawes NP, Woowoonga NP, Kroombit Tops NP
Special values 12.3.21: Important for fruit-eating birds, many of which migrate seasonally from upland to lowland rainforest.
Fire management guidelines INTERVAL: Fire return interval not relevant. INTERVAL_MIN: 100. INTERVAL_MAX: 100. STRATEGY: Do not burn deliberately. Protection relies on broad-scale management of surrounding country. May need active protection from wildfire in extreme conditions or after prolonged drought. Planned burns should not create a running fire into vine forest. Ensuring conditions of good soil moisture and moisture of litter in surrounding communities will limit fire behaviour/intensity. ISSUES: Fire sensitive and not normally flammable. There may be issues with lantana and other weeds from fire and other disturbance. Remnants may be limited by frequent fire at the margins.
Comments 12.3.21: Previously mapped as 12.3.1. Found in drier environments than 12.3.16 and 12.3.17. Restricted to dry western parts of bioregion. Extensively cleared for agriculture. Prone to invasion by weeds such as camphor laurel Cinnamomum camphora, broad leaved pepper tree Schinus terebinthifolius, cat's claw creeper Dolichandra unguis-cati on margins and when disturbed.

1 Estimated extent is from version 13.1 pre-clearing and 2021 remnant regional ecosystem mapping. Figures are rounded for simplicity. For more precise estimates, including breakdowns by tenure and other themes see remnant vegetation in Queensland.

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Last updated
14 May 2024